PIRC



PIRC: Police should review guidance on transporting people

An independent investigation has recommended that Police Scotland undertakes a review of the guidance given to officers regarding monitoring people being transported in police vehicles.

Published 17 July 2019

PIRC investigation finds police officer’s use of Taser was justified

An independent investigation has found that police were justified in using a Taser device on a 20-year-old man who they feared may harm himself.

Published 4 July 2019

Solicitor Michelle Macleod to be new Police Investigations and Review Commissioner

Michelle Macleod has been appointed as the new Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC).

Published 20 June 2019

PIRC: Police officer was justified in hitting violent man with baton

The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) has found that police were justified in using a baton on a man with a history of violence who threatened to stab one of the officers pursuing him.

Published 17 June 2019

PIRC publishes findings on two incidents involving PAVA spray

The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) has published its findings on two incidents involving the use of PAVA irritant spray.

Published 25 April 2019

Police watchdog rules that use of Taser on Bannockburn man was 'not reasonable or necessary'

It was "not reasonable or necessary" for a police officer to discharge a Taser on a 28-year-old man in Bannockburn last year, the Police Investigation and Review Commissioner (PIRC) has found.

Published 24 April 2019

Watchdog calls for police to be trained on handling of missing person reports

Police Scotland must ensure that all police officers receive appropriate training and guidance in assessing missing person reports, the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) has said.

Published 18 April 2019

Police watchdog calls for its powers to be strengthened

The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) has proposed legislative amendments to strengthen the organisation’s ability to carry out its key functions: to investigate serious incidents involving the police and to review how the police handle complaints made about them.

Published 3 April 2019

Police Scotland told to ensure firearms officers understand legal basis of powers

A police watchdog has recommended that Police Scotland ensures all officers undertaking or commanding firearms operations are reminded of the legal basis for their powers, and of the need to explain and justify using such powers on an emergency basis following an incident with a man wielding a crossbow.

Published 29 March 2019

PIRC: Delay in police being sent to check on welfare of woman later found dead

A report by the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) has found that police should have been sent sooner to the home of a woman listed as a vulnerable person after a call from a concerned family member about her welfare was categorised as a priority in an incident last May.

Published 20 March 2019

Police use of baton launcher and Taser was justified

A Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) report has found that police were justified in their use of a baton launcher and a Taser device when they were arresting an armed man.

Published 13 March 2019

Specially trained police officers justified in their use of Tasers

The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) has found that in three police incidents the use of Tasers by specially trained officers (STOs) was both necessary and proportionate.

Published 18 February 2019

Police failing identified in handling of call for missing man who later died

A report by the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) has found that Police Scotland failed to record a report for concern for a 25-year-old vulnerable man who went missing and was later found dead.

Published 22 January 2019